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High Roller

Level Info

Level 26
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 10,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 2,540,000 MAD
High Roller
Day 2 Completed

Nabil Cardoso Wins the 2016 WPT National Marrakech High Roller for MAD 650,000 (€59,594/$66,873)

Webjoker • Level 26: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Nabil Cardoso
Nabil Cardoso

The 2016 WPT National Marrakech High Roller attracted a big field with a total of 146 entries. After 12 hours of play on Day 2, Nabil Cardoso triumphed. The Spaniard, who final tabled the EPT Malta last year, netted himself MAD 650,000 (€59,594/$66,873) for beating the 146-entry strong field.

PositionPlayerCountryPrize (MAD)Prize (±€)Prize (±$)
1Nabil CordosoSpainMAD 650,000€59,594$66,873
2Soufiane OuadoudyMoroccoMAD 450,000€41,257$46,297
3Henrique PinhoPortugalMAD 315,000€28,880$32,461
4Anas TadiniMoroccoMAD 230,000€21,086$23,702
5Sarah HerzaliFranceMAD 170,000€15,585$17,519
6Mathieu SelidesEgyptMAD 130,000€11,918$13,401
7Gabriel ErgenBelgiumMAD 100,000€9,167$10,308
8Bernard GuigonFranceMAD 80,000€7,333$8,247
9Joseph PineiroFranceMAD 65,000€5,958$6,700

After a long Day 1, 40 players remained in the MAD 20,000 High Roller. An additional 6 players decided to (re)enter before Day 2 started at 4 pm, making for 46 players total gunning for the MAD 650,000 first place prize.

The players and staff of the tournament were startled when French high roller Imad Derwiche passed out shortly early in the first level of play. Players rushed to the table and the tournament staff halted the tournament while Derwiche was conscience again and seemed fine. What was rumored to be a case of a condition related to the intense heat outside, was rather quickly resolved when Derwiche returned, seemingly ok again. He had no issues after his return, though he wouldn't make it into the money. He didn't rush back to his hotel or had himself checked up after busting out, as he was seen in the tournament room till the early hours rooting for other players.

EPT Malta champion Jean Montury, Deauville High Roller champion Eric Sfez and many others made their exit before the money as well. Yassine Adib ended up the bubble. He moved in severely short stacked with queen-deuce suited. He got called in two spots, and one of them made top-two to end the bubble stage of the tournament.

With 17 players now guaranteed a cash and several short stacks still in, it wasn't for long for the final table of 9 to be formed. Amongst the players to cash but miss out on the final 9 were Romain Lewis (9th, MAD 35,000), Kully Sidhu (12th, MAD 46,000) and Johan Guilbert (10th, MAD 54,000).

While a lot of the familiar names had been eliminated before the final table was reached, the last table boasted enough star power to keep the room interested and entertained. Fan favorite Anas Tadini, the number 4 on the Moroccan all time money list, French grinder Bernard Guigon, PMU pro Sarah Herzali and Portuguese pro Henrique Pinho headlined the final table.

In the end, after several hours of play, the title went to Nabil Cordoso from Spain. At 4 in the morning, he defeated Soufiane Ouadoudy heads up with treys against ace-three. Pinho, who had won the Marrakech Poker Open in march this year, had busted just before that.

Today, Friday September 30th, the WPTN Marrakech Main Event starts. Expect the likes of Barny Boatman, Tony Dunst, Roberto Romanello and Natalia Breviglieri to compete. PokerNews will be on the floor to bring you all the updates and photos one might ask for.

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Soufiane Ouadoudy Eliminated in 2nd Place (MAD 450,000)

Webjoker • Level 26: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Soufiane Ouadoudy
Soufiane Ouadoudy

Soufiane Ouadoudy limped in from the button and big blind Nabil Cordoso shoved all in. Ouadoudy, who had seen that move before, called all in quickly for 1,345,000 total.

Soufiane Ouadoudy: {A-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}
Nabil Cordoso: {3-Spades}{3-Hearts}

The flop came {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{8-Hearts}, keeping Cordoso all in but giving Ouadoudy some new outs.

He added one more with the {6-Spades} on the turn, but the river {7-Spades} was a blank and Ouadoudy had to settle for second place (MAD 450,000/€41,257/$46,297).

Nabil Cardoso es 5,835,000 1,305,000
Soufiane Ouadoudy Busted

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Henrique Pinho Eliminated in 3rd Place (MAD 315,000)

Webjoker • Level 26: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Henrique Pinho
Henrique Pinho

Henrique Pinho limped in from the small blind and big blind Nabil Mohamed Abdien Cardoso raised to 230,000. Pinho shoved all in and Cordosa called before we could count how much the shove was for.

Henrique Pinho: {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}
Nabil Mohamed Abdien Cardoso: {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}

The board ran out {K-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and Pinho made his exit.

Pinho collected MAD 315,000 (€28,880/$32,461) fo his 3rd place finish. The remaining two players are guranteeed MAD 450,000 (€41,257/$46,297) and now battle to decided who takes home the title and the accompanying MAD 650,000 (€59,594/$66,873).

Henrique Pinho pt Busted

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Anas Tadini Eliminated in 4th Place (MAD 230,000)

Webjoker • Level 26: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Anas Tadini
Anas Tadini

Anas Tadini was first to act and raised under the gun to 150,000. Big blind Henrique Pinho moved all in for effectively 910,000 and Tadini made the call.

Henrique Pinho: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Anas Tadini: {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}

The board ran out {9-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{2-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} and Pinho doubled up while Tadini was left with 70,000. He was forced all in the next hand as the big blind (60,000) and ante (10,000) consumed all of his chips.

Nabil Mohamed Abdien Cardoso opened for 150,000 and the other two players folded.

Anas Tadini: {A-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}
Nabil Mohamed Abdien Cardoso: {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}

The flop came {6-Spades}{7-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}, favoring Tadini. The {8-Clubs} on the turn made Cardoso a straight and the {A-Spades} on the river was a blank.

The tournament has lost its most colorful character; Tadini eliminated in 4th place for MAD 230,000 (€21,086/$23,702). The remaining 3 players are now guaranteed MAD 315,000 (€28,880/$32,461).

Nabil Cardoso es 2,300,000 600,000
Henrique Pinho pt 2,000,000 800,000
Anas Tadini ma Busted

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The Trophy's


With just 4 players remaining, just a single player will go home without a trophy tonight. Besides the trophy's, a bottle of Chivas Regal Whisky awaits the top-3 finishers.